1882 – Ringling Brothers’ First Performance

On this date the of Baraboo, Wisconsin performed their first show to an audience in Mazomanie. The brothers called their show the “Ringling Brothers Classic Comic Concert Company.” The show was barely a success, bringing in 59 paid admissions – just enough money to meet their hotel expenses. However, the brothers continued to tour and raised over $300 in three months, performing in Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas. After extensive┬áinvestment and practice, the brothers launched their first circus in Baraboo on May 19, 1884. [Source: by Fred L. Holmes, p.476-492]